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Wakefield Council has secured £39,000 towards the cost of the Ackworth Hoard

Ackworth Hoard pot and coins © Wakefield Council

So far £37,000 has been raised in national funding - £27,000 from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant and £10,000 from the Headley Trust. An additional £2,000 has been raised by public donation.

Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Culture said: “We are delighted to have secured part of The Hoard for display at Pontefract Museum. These items are a real part of this district's rich history. We need to do all we can to try and keep the treasure in the district for future generations to enjoy.

Thank you to those who have already donated. We still need more support to secure The Hoard in its entirety so every donation however big or small will help save the items for Yorkshire.”

The Ackworth Hoard was found buried in a garden in Ackworth last year inside a pot made locally in Wrenthorpe. It is made up of 52 gold and 539 silver coins and a single gold ring. It was declared as treasure by the West Yorkshire coroner last March and valued at £54,492.

The Council expects to secure approximately £49,000 toward the cost of the Hoard from national funders with the remaining amount of approximately £5,500 to be raised through public donation and Council support.

The Hoard represents an important period in local and national history. It dates from the Civil War and was probably buried for safe keeping between 1645 and 1646, around the same time as the second siege of Pontefract Castle. This is the only known Civil War hoard in the Wakefield district.

The presence of the gold finger ring also makes it very unusual, giving it a more domestic aspect than most of the Hoards which contain only coins. It is inscribed with the words “When this you see, remember me”.

To make a donation in person please ask for a donation envelope at Pontefract Museum, Pontefract Castle, Sandal Castle, Wakefield Tourist Information Centre or any Wakefield district library.

Or to make a donation by post please make a cheque payable to Wakefield Council – The Ackworth Hoard, and send it to Pontefract Museum, 5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA.

If more money is raised than needed the surplus will be used to help pay for its conservation and display at Pontefract Museum. If enough isn’t raised to acquire the Hoard, donations will be used for the development and care of the collections at Pontefract Museum.

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Acworth Hoard Ring © Wakefield Council
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